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Live At The BBC Live, Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (June 5 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Live, Original recording remastered
  • Label: EMI Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000007MVD
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 43 customer reviews
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Disc: 1
1. Beatle Greetings (1994 Digital Remaster)
2. From Us To You (1994 Digital Remaster)
3. Riding On A Bus (1994 Digital Remaster)
4. I Got A Woman (1994 Digital Remaster)
5. Too Much Monkey Business (1994 Digital Remaster)
6. Keep Your Hands Off My Baby (1994 Digital Remaster)
7. I'll Be On My Way (1994 Digital Remaster)
8. Young Blood (1994 Digital Remaster)
9. A Shot Of Rhythm And Blues (1994 Digital Remaster)
10. Sure To Fall (In Love With You) (1994 Digital Remaster)
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Disc: 2
1. Crinsk Dee Night (1994 Digital Remaster)
2. A Hard Day's Night (1994 Digital Remaster)
3. Have A Banana (1994 Digital Remaster)
4. I Wanna Be Your Man (1994 Digital Remaster)
5. Just A Rumour (1994 Digital Remaster)
6. Roll Over Beethoven (1994 Digital Remaster)
7. All My Loving (1994 Digital Remaster)
8. Things We Said Today (1994 Digital Remaster)
9. She's A Woman (1994 Digital Remaster)
10. Sweet Little Sixteen (1994 Digital Remaster)
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56 songs (plus 13 intros) recorded live by the Beatles in the BBC studios between 1962 and 1965, including 30 songs never released by the band! That means you hear the greatest rock 'n' roll band of all time do everything from Lucille to Glad All Over for the first time! Compiled by George Martin.


The surviving members of the Fab Four spent much of the 1990s belatedly reuniting to document, promote, and occasionally awkwardly burnish their unparalleled pop music legacy. This double-disc anthology of live-in-the-studio performances originally recorded specifically for the BBC during the most frantic years of early Beatlemania was the first chapter in that effort and the first issuance of previously unreleased Beatles recordings since the late '70s. In many ways, it remains the most artistically revealing. Capturing them at their early '60s live-performance peak, these recordings pay homage to both the band's eclectic musical influences (including Chuck Berry, Phil Spector, Little Richard, Carl Perkins, Ray Charles, Elvis Presley, Larry Williams, the Coasters, and the Shirelles), and to the enthusiastic and generous sense of musical discovery and the pop proselytizing that accompanied them. A number of the Fabs' own '62-'65 singles and album tracks are also featured, but they mostly take a back seat to the generous collection of previously unreleased cover songs included here. The band's brisk, often irreverent sense of humor also comes to fore in the intros, interviews, and between-song banter. An indispensable part of any true Beatlemaniac's collection and a superb introduction to the roots of a musical legend. --Jerry McCulley

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I didn't intend to write a review of this CD, but I was just rifling through the Beatles catalog and noticed that this was way toward the bottom, which meant that, in terms of sales rank, that's also where is was. To think that more people are buying the Anthology series than this is a damn shame.
I guess it's easy to overlook this CD. It came out before all the hype over the anthology, and had been cut out by that time. Also, for some reason, many regard the Beatles' early recordings (before Rubber Soul and Revolver) as dismissable.
Boy, are they missing out! Music does not have to impart a profound (or pretentious, depending on how you look at it) message in the lyrics to be profound. Just listen to Lennon's reading of Baby It's You on this collection and you'll know what I mean.
Maybe it's just a matter of perspective. Maybe younger fans just aren't looking for that niave rush that these guys generated with these songs. Maybe they need to feel that they are finding "the word". If so, they probably will find this album "kid stuff". But, believe me, it's not. In most cases, they lend more grace, excitement and musicainship to these songs than the original artists did, and in some cases that's no mean feat. Plus, they had impeccable taste in the songs they chose to cover. This CD is more than an historical document; much, much more. These are great songs, all given the Beatle touch, at a time when the Beatles were still hungry and at a performing peak. That would soon change.
But, this CD is relatively overlooked. I shouldn't be surprised, because Please, Please Me, With The Beatles and most disappointing, Hard Day's Night are also bringing up the rear in sales.
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I really love this collection. Not only is it a real treat for the ears, it is also a nod to the pioneers of rock and roll. It is a history lesson contained on 2 delightful CDs.
Inveterate Beatle fans will love this collection; for folks just getting familiar with the Beatles or who prefer the more well known songs, e.g. "Can't Buy Me Love," "A Hard Day's Night" will certainly appreciate all the fine music these CDs have to offer.
Each Beatle is individual, unique and distinct and it is that individuality that shines through like a beacon during their performances and interviews. Their musical blends "Come Together" nicely; George demonstrates excellent, strong lead guitar playing on early rock and roll hits such as "Young Blood," "Lucille" and "Nothin' Shakin." Indeed, it is George Harrison's treatment of such early classics that add to the appeal of this collection; he demonstrated a real flair for rockabilly style.
Ringo maintained a steady beat and provided humorous insights into the Beatle banter of the day; John regaled his listening audience with his gift for natural expression and Paul remained, in a sense, the spokesman. Paul, also could hold his own during a light hearted exchange. However, it is McCartney who provided the most serious answers and insights into Beatle exchanges and issues related to the group. One could regard Paul as the Ambassador; he provides a strong voice of reason and background into the world's most successful band.
Timeless classics such as "Things We Said Today," "A Hard Day's Night" and "Can't Buy Me Love" are included in this collection.
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Format: Audio CD
"The Beatles - Live at the BBC", containing recordings done by the Fab Four for the BBC during the years 1962-1965, provides an interesting perspective on John, Paul, George and Ringo, when they were still a bunch of young and ambitious friends, who just got together to play some rock'n'roll and impress the ladies, way before Lennon decided to change the world and McCartney decided to write enough sweet love songs to fill a candy store.
The recordings in the double album are mostly cover versions of r'n'r and r'n'b standards by the artists the Beatles liked - Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Larry Williams, Carl Perkins, and the rest. Here and there some of their early original hits (Love Me Do, Can't Buy Me Love, Ticket To Ride, and more).
The performances are strong and vigorous. John and Paul scream their lungs out, George's guitar imitates Chuck Berry quite well, and Ringo keeps the steady beat. They sound like they're trying to convince England that they're the best band in the world. They did manage to do that eventually.
All in all, not an album for everyone. People who look for all the famous songs from their later period - Let It Be, Hey Jude, Strawberry Fields Forever - will be disappointed. There is nothing psychedelic or experimental about these recordings - it's pure rock'n'roll.
If you're not (yet) a big Beatles fan, I recommend you'd start by buying one of their classic studio albums - Help!, Sgt. Pepper's or Abbey Road. However, if you already own most of the Beatles' material and you want to hear different Beatles - young, innocent and full of appreciation to the r'n'r legends of the '50s - this is an album for you.
One last note - due to the fact that these recordings were taken off radio sessions, the sound quality is so-so. Most of the songs sound good, but it's not what you're used to hear on studio albums.
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